Since the program formation in 2008, Operation School Bell has grown from 79 students clothed in 2008 to 744 students in 2016-17. The K-8 children who visit the shopping event all leave with a huge bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence.
Working in partnership with the El Dorado County Office of Education and local Target and Kmart stores, we were able to expand our reach to 36 schools and conducted 7 shopping events from September – February. Our partnership also includes First Book to provide each child with a new book appropriate for their age. Vouchers for haircuts are donated by Barber Jon of El Dorado Hills and Sports Clips.
The need is far greater, this year Operation School Bell met the needs of 11% of the disadvantaged and homeless children in our county with the help of our community, sponsors and grantors. We strive to do more in the coming year.